Christie unveils plan to reform NJ public schools

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) unveiled his plan to reform New Jersey's public schools today, introducing seven bills he wants the Legislature to pass.

Christie says, "The very simple message to the people of New Jersey is teachers in New Jersey should be held to the same levels of accountability that everyone else is held to in their job."

Trenton Superintendent Raymond Broach says the bills sound very similar to strategies he's using to turn around schools in his district. Broach says it's important that any reform focuses on motivating teachers to better themselves, as well as students.

Christie's proposals include a new way to give out and strip teacher tenure that's based on bi-annual reviews. The governor's bills can't be passed without support in the Legislature, but the governor doesn't think it will be hard to find a sponsor.

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